Disgraced Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd has today revealed that he believed a New York strip club was actually a library.
The bookish politician said he regretted the confusion, but he had nothing but the best intentions.
“We went out to dinner and I had a few drinks. Afterwards, when New York Post editor Col Allen said ‘let’s go and look at naked women’ I thought he said ‘Let’s go and read some Dickens, Bronte or Hemingway’. It is an easy mistake to make,” said Rudd.
Rudd admitted that he was severely affected by alcohol on the night.
“Normally I like to read things like ‘A white paper on the fostering of bilateral relationships in the post-colonial Asia Pacific context’,” said a contrite Rudd. “But on the night all I wanted was Tintin comics. I was out of control.”
Warren Snowdon confirmed the Opposition Leader’s account of the boozy evening.
“Col [Allen] had a skinful and said something about checking out some ‘Little Women’. After that Rudd just started banging on about what a wonderful author Louisa May Alcott was, family themes, American Civil War… he really ruined our night to be honest.”
According to some reports, Rudd was seen at the strip club reading Playboy magazines. When pressed on the fresh accusations, Rudd claimed he was ‘just reading them for the articles’, a claim that has not been disputed.